To Stay At Your Internship Or Not To Stay?

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To Stay At Your Internship Or Not To Stay?

This is a blog written by our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador, Lacey, from Minnesota State University Moorhead. We love Lacey - if you live in the Minnesota area and are in high school or college and would like to blog for us, please comment here.

As summer is coming to an end, many of you may be leaving your summer internships, starting fall internships, or continuing a previous internship. The question is, how do you know when it’s time to say goodbye to your internship?

The easy answer is this: follow your heart and your gut!

Maybe you loved your summer internship— you feel like you learned a lot and you really enjoyed what you did. Talk to your boss/internship coordinator about staying through the fall!

Maybe you tried something new and you learned a lot, but you have a different opportunity available to you or your schedule has changed and you won’t be able to balance everything. Don’t feel guilty!

If you are planning to stay, make sure you have the time and energy to dedicate yourself… don’t burn yourself out. Try to keep learning new things and make yourself available for new projects. Show them that you really enjoy the internship and that you’re a team player… this could potentially turn into a full time position for you. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 2008 Experiential Education Survey, “Employers say they extended job offers to nearly 70 percent of their interns.”

If you are planning to leave, do so graciously. Make sure you put in a timely notice with your boss/internship coordinator so that they can find someone to replace you. Finish any projects or work that you’ve already started. Thank everyone that taught you something and make sure to keep in touch. You never know when you might need a reference or letter of recommendation! Also, make sure you add this position to your resume.

Good luck Interns!